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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Fibrocystic Breasts

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What are some causes of fibrocystic breasts?

What are some causes of fibrocystic breasts?

Physiologic changes: Usual physiologic changes that include hormonal fluctuations, increase or decrease of different components of breast (pregnancy, lactation, aging), or thick secretions can all cause fibrocystic changes. These are not associated with increase risk of cancer. Regular breast exams and mammograms are still recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Fibrocystic Breasts (Definition)

A condition where the breasts develop non-cancerous lumps made of fibrous tissue. These can cause discomfort and pain that fluctuates ...Read more


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Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Maybe: Studies have been contradictory regarding the relationship between smoking and fibrocystic changes. Periductal mastitis and subareolar abscesses are associated with cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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What are the causes of fibrocystic breast changes?

What are the causes of fibrocystic breast changes?

Unknown: Some women have more sensitive breast than others and this may be due to hormones or breast composition. ...Read more

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What causes fibrocystic breast disease?

Can be hereditary: Painful breast swelling and lumpiness in the breasts, worse around the menstrual cycle, is a common feeling from fibrocystic breasts. Dense mammogram findings and cysts can be seen on breast ultrasound. Hereditary factors may cause some women to have more fibrocystic problems than others. Some sites say that this condition affects more than half of women. It resolves with menopause. ...Read more

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What causes fibrocystic breast lumps to appear? And why do they hurt?

What causes fibrocystic breast lumps to appear? And why do they hurt?

Fibrocystic change: It is thought to result from an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. It can form a palpable fibrocystic lump in breast, and more painful before menses and improved during the menstruation. ...Read more

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Did caffeine cause fibrocystic breast tissue to worsen?

Did caffeine cause fibrocystic breast tissue to worsen?

Yes, in some: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones. Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I have heard that caffeine can cause breast cysts (fibrocystic breast tissue), is that true?

I have heard that caffeine can cause breast cysts (fibrocystic breast tissue), is that true?

Aggravate not cause: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones. Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breasts cause new lumps to form?

Do fibrocystic breasts cause new lumps to form?

Yes: The breasts go through changes related to hormone levels, stress and caffeine. The lumps will come and go. It is important to become familiar with your lumpiness and be able to distinguish your normal lump from something that feels abnormal. Anything abnormal should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breasts cause your lung to lung collapse?

Can fibrocystic breasts cause your lung to lung collapse?

No: Fibrocystic changes of the breast are strictly a condition of the breasts and do not affect the lungs. It cannot cause your lung to collapse. ...Read more

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I have Fibrocystic breasts and new subtle small tubular lump that doc says may be overstimulated gland. Should I worry? Causes pain

I have Fibrocystic breasts and new subtle small tubular lump that doc says may be overstimulated gland. Should I worry? Causes pain

WATCH OUT: ANYTHING GROWS FAST, NOT NECESSARILY TENDER, MUST AT LEAST DO ULTRASOUND AFTER PERIOD. BEFORE PERIOD MAY SHOW CYST ONLY TOO YOUNG FOR MAMMOGRAM YET--BUT IF ULT SOUND SHOWED SOLID NODULE, MUST DO X-RAY AND BIOPSY SMALL CHANCE FOR CANCER AT 31YO BUT THERE IS CHANCE IF TOUGH LUCK! TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF ...Read more

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What is fibrocystic breasts?

What is fibrocystic breasts?

Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts: Fibrocystic changes are a spectrum of pathologic findings seen on biopsy. This has morphed into a clinical term for "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue and/or dense tissue seen on mammography. This is not a disease, just a variant of normal. This requires no treatment, just reassurance. ...Read more

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What are fibrocystic breasts?

What are fibrocystic breasts?

Common problem: Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast feel lumpy and painful which is caused by cyst formation (fluid filled areas) due to hormonal changes. Some women may have these changes without being on their menstrual cycle. Caffeine may cuase the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. This is not related to cancer. http://www. ...Read more

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How common are fibrocystic breasts?

How common are fibrocystic breasts?

Very: Somewhere between 99% and 101% of women will get some fibrous and/or cystic change in their breasts during reproductive life. ...Read more

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Would fibrocystic breasts have physical changes?

Would fibrocystic breasts have physical changes?

Lumps and pain: The breasts will often feel lumpy and tender, enen when not on your period. It is important to perform monthly breast self exam. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have fibrocystic breasts?

Many characteristics: Fibrocystic breast can have different characteristics- you can feel something that feels like a small "bb", a rock, a pea or just an area of irregular thickness and tenderness. However any new breast finding or change in breast warrants eval by your doctor and possibly mammogram and/or ultrasound. It is important to be assessed- so make an appointment. ...Read more